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Toyota recently presented us with the new 2025 4Runner, which marks the beginning of the sixth generation of this off-road SUV. The fifth generation was around for 15 years, but now, the 4Runner is modernized and better. Don’t worry; Toyota didn’t remove the qualities that make the 4Runnner special; instead, they enhanced them.

Here are a few things to look for in the new 2025 Toyota 4Runner.

A modern SUV nods to its past

The first two generations of this venerable off-road SUV featured wrap-over rear glass in the rear quarter window. This feature skipped a few generations, but now it’s back. This item adds something special that most consumers won’t notice unless familiar with the early 4Runner generations.

Two new trims add more to the new 4Runner

The sixth-generation 4Runner adds two more trims to its lineup to bringing the total to nine. These two trims are the Trailhunter name, which became popular with the latest Tacoma, and the Platinum trim. The new Platinum trim serves as the new flagship trim, while the Trailhunter features similar overlanding qualities to the Tacoma Trailhunter.

2025 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro posed on top of a hill
2025 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Rear Quarter-View | Toyota

The 2025 Toyota 4Runner goes hybrid

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s the first time a hybrid powertrain is offered for the 4Runner. This new i-Force Max hybrid powertrain delivers 326 horsepower to the wheels. It comes standard in the TRD Pro, Trailhunter, and Platinum trims. It’s also an optional powertrain for the TRD Off-Road and Limited models, giving you five trims that can use the i-Force Max hybrid powertrain.

Off-Road models score an amazing trick

Disconnecting front anti-roll bars makes it easier to go off-roading on some of the toughest trails. The new 2025 Toyota 4Runner features them on the TRD Pro and Trailhunter models as part of the standard packaging. This means greater front wheel articulation for hardcore trail riding. This feature is also an option for the TRD Off-Road trim, giving all three off-road trims this great feature.

More off-road excellence for the TRD Pro and Trailhunter trims

These off-road trims come equipped with rear suspensions that include external reservoirs. The TRD Pro has Fox QS3 dampers with manually adjustable compression settings. The Trailhunter trim features ARB/Old Man Emu dampers. These dampers are just another item that the 4Runner shares with the new Tacoma.

Something must stay the same

While most SUVs have ditched the roll-up and down rear glass, the 2025 Toyota 4Runner continues to include this feature. This gives drivers a little more versatility and retains a classic and popular feature of this well-loved off-road Toyota SUV.

Source: Car and Driver